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Healing in the Power of the Vortex

{Excerpted from “HEALING AT THE VORTEX”, by Saundra Berry, C.Ht.

VORTEX OF POWER…Written by Saundra Berry, C.Ht.

In 2008, I had the opportunity to attend a retreat on the outskirts of Sedona Arizona at a lovely place called, “Angel Valley”. Angel Valley is known as a sacred space and is truly a magical place with extensive labyrinths, angel walks, gardens, creeks, and vortexes, all surrounded by the ancient healing red rocks of Sedona.

Until that visit, I had only read about vortexes and I have always been intrigued but never experienced one for myself. We’ve all seen those cartoons and bad “B” movies with these swirling vortexes of power sucking people in to their doom or another dimension. I knew logically that I wasn’t going to be sucked into some different dimension; however, I was very curious how the vortexes might affect me, if at all.

I am no scientist, so my definition of a vortex is based on my experience and my understanding with regard to a spiritual understanding of the vortex. So, what is a vortex? Deep in the Earth’s crust, hidden in ancient sacred sites, spirals of energy, either magnetic, electric, or electromagnetic are formed. This energy is strong, swirling either clockwise or counter clockwise. Either pulling in energy or pushing it out. Mother Earth is full of mysteries and vortexes are certainly part of those mysteries. There are different types of vortexes and they each affect our mind-body system in different ways. Some are for balancing and healing and others help us expand our consciousness.

According to the brochure from Angel Valley, there are 20 different sites on the property, each one hold specific energy to work with to heal your body, mind, and spirit. These vortexes and energy lines are divided into two main groups. The Earth Chakra Vortexes, which connected with the human chakra system, meridians, and are single lines of energy in the earth. The other sites were considered the Consciousness Vortexes, which are lines of energy that have triads, meaning there are 3 lines of energy associated with each site that function as a unit and connect us with the consciousness of angels, animals, spirits and the Christ consciousness to assist us with our healing.

Tapping into my own sense of curiosity, the first thing I wanted to do was find these vortexes and have an “experience”. As I entered the first vortex that I came to, I found a place to sit on a large rock. I closed my eyes, opened my palms and just meditated and explored the incredible energy of the space. I had entered an Earth Chakra Vortex which resonated with the 2nd chakra, our Sacral Chakra. This is a place where we are able to have a deeper connection in our relationships, and connects us with our creativity and our emotions. I felt a variety of emotions coming up but felt a calm sense of well-being, overall.

I ran across one of the labyrinths that were created on the site. For thousands of years labyrinths have been part of many cultures spiritually. They are winding paths specifically designed so that you don’t have to think about the direction you should go, it is laid out in a way that allows you to be free to be fully open as you walk. Often they are found to be a spiral or circular path, which hold immense spiritual power, and are walked in a meditative and contemplative state and intended as a spiritual tool to connect with the deeper parts of ourselves, spirit, the Universal Consciousness. My experience in the labyrinth was one of peace and answers to questions came to mind as I walked the path; a very powerful experience to say the least.

I located another vortex which was a place where all lines and energy systems of the property joined. When I walked inside the space I instantly felt like the top of my head was going to explode, an instant headache. I felt overwhelmed, confused, and very emotional. This was something they called the “focus point”, an integration point which was to be visited once you had undergone a healing massage, a workshop, etc. where you would integrate all of the information. Needless to say, I don’t think my body, mind or spirit were quite ready to experience integration because moments after exiting I felt instant relief.

I visited another vortex that was an optimal place to connect with Archangel Ariel. Ariel is known to help us connect with the divine feminine and to assist in healing emotional wounds. I found this place to be so calming and relaxing. Things came to my mind that I had not thought of in years, they were things that had scarred me deeply, and as they came through and I acknowledged them I felt a sense of lightness, I had experienced a healing.

One space in particular I had an amazing experience was at the Light House. Its energy focused on the Heart Chakra. I felt so peaceful, grounded, centered, and focused. I felt my energy shifting and I felt this overwhelming emotion and the feeling of pure love, unconditional love. I sat happily sobbing for some time and then laughing out loud, I still have dreams of this experience, and in times of turmoil in my life, I meditate and focus on reconnecting with the energy of the Light House.

This sacred place, Angel Valley, Sedona, was one of the most magical and spiritual places I have been in my life. I believe that the deep roots of the Native American people in Sedona and Angel Valley make it an ideal place to visit to be truly connected to our earth and the ancestors that lived on this land before us.

Some well known vortexes in our world are found Stonehenge in England, the Great Pyramids in Egypt, Mt. Kailas, Tibet,

Mt. Shasta, California, Cape Town, South Africa, and Lake Taupo, New Zealand, to name a few.

So, my thought on vortexes, they are real and very powerful! I know, if you are like me at all, seeing/experiencing is believing. I highly recommend that you take the time to visit a vortex and experience it for yourself. Have a journal or video camera on hand to record your thoughts and feelings, while in the vortex. What will it bring up in you? Will you experience a healing? I would love to hear of your experiences.

Many Blessings!

Saundra Berry, C.Ht.

My new book, “Healing at the Vortex, A Practical Guide to Balance and Maintain Your Chakras” is now available on at




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